Articles tagged: data recovery

How do I get data off of the hard drive in a dead computer?

How Do I Get Data Off of the Hard Drive in a Dead Computer?

Extracting data from a hard drive in a dead computer isn’t typically difficult, unless it’s the drive itself that caused the problem.

A Drive with All My Data is Showing as Unformatted — What Do I Do?

Occasionally, when moving a drive to another machine, it’ll show up as unformatted. I’ll look at some possible causes and actions to take.

External Backup Drive

How Do I Recover My Data from a Crashed Computer?

As long as the problem isn’t a damaged hard drive, you may be able to access your data with a Linux CD, or even better, a backup recovery CD.

A run of the Strings utility

Why is my partially recovered document still not readable?

Writing over a file is a good way to lose data, but if you are willing to dive into some command line programs, you may be able to recover some of it.

Do I need to have a separate data backup if I backup my system regularly?

If you are doing regular image backups of your computer, and incremental backups of new data you’re good. But what about the files you are working on today?

Blue Screen of Death

Why does my computer continually reboot?

There are many reasons a computer might get stuck continually rebooting. Fortunately there’s no need to lose data. You have several ways to get your data off there and with a little bit of luck you may get you a working system again as well.